CASPER, Wyo. — A day without rain in Casper? That’s what happened Tuesday, despite some rolling thunder and isolated lightning strikes.
National Weather Service records at the Riverton office show Tuesday was the first day this month without at least a trace amount of rain in Casper, despite what appeared to be an ample amount around the downtown area. (NWS recordings happen at specific locations, such as the airport. If it rains in one part of town but not the part where the measurements take place, the official recording will be no rain.) For the month, Casper has seen 1.88 inches of rain — the monthly normal is 1.34 inches.
So, what’s in store for today?
The forecast is calling for a breezy morning with winds from the west-southwest at 17–23 mph and gusts reaching 32 mph. The day will be sunny to start and the high will be around 74 degrees. There is a 30% chance for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, mainly after 3 p.m.
Tonight could see continued scattered storms before 5 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy and winds will continue at 8–18 mph with gusts of up to 26 mph.
That will lead Casper into a wetter period before drier air returns for the weekend, according to the forecast.
Friday will see rain chances rise from 30% to 70% throughout the day. The high will be around 67 degrees. Rain chances rise to 80% overnight Friday as the low falls to around 48, and showers remain likely, at a 70% chance, for Saturday. As a result, the high will be limited to about 60 degrees. Casper will see rain chances diminish from 50% to 20% overnight Saturday, leading to a mostly sunny Sunday morning.
NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that although rain was seen in downtown Casper, it may not have fallen where official NWS recordings are made.